The 2012-13 NHL season, assuming everything starts as planned, will be another one of those years that Boston Bruins fans will have to wait for the circus to clear out before their team finally has its home opener in the latter half of October.
But starting four days after Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey are finished doing their thing Oct. 10-14, New England puckheads will be rewarded for their patience with a six-game homestand.
On the opposite extreme, similar to each of the previous two seasons, the Bruins will spend the entire second half of February on the road, playing seven straight away from the TD Garden.
The schedule, which begins with an Oct. 11 visit to Philadelphia, includes a home and road game apiece with three non-conference opponents in Chicago, Colorado and Phoenix. There will also be five home-and-home sets―one with every Northeast Division rival, plus another with the Flyers.
Barring any offseason transactions bearing an intriguing “Return of Player X” storyline, the 10 dates most worth highlighting on the Bruins’ 2012-13 slate are as follows.